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The March Madness has begun!

Added on 03.20.2017

The ICC Open 2017, the most awaited online tournament of the year, has taken off! The first weekend is over, and the ICC Open 2017 has already proven to be THE Blitz online tournament!  On the open day, Saturday at 2 PM EDT, 419 players joined the huge event, for 11 rounds of pure chess thrill. Strong GMs had to cross their Kings and Queens with amateurs, ready to give them a hard time, in the 3 0 games. After a couple hours of fight, four strong players emerged victorious, to gain access to...Full Story

live events on icctv March 2017 calendar

Added on 03.01.2017

          "Here is the March 2017 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Joel Benjamin   03/01 Wednesday 1PM IM Vojislav "voja" Milanovic LIVE Simul vs. 20 players 03/03 Friday 4PM CM Tryfon Gavriel Let's Crush the Kings! 03/04 Saturday 2PM GM John Fedorowicz SimulMaster! Simul against 20 players...Full Story

ICC Open 2017!

Added on 02.11.2017

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live events on icctv February 2017 calendar

Added on 01.31.2017

          "Here is the February 2017 schedule for ICC TV! Join us this month and become a star on ICC and YouTube!"    - GM Ronen Har-Zvi   02/01 Wednesday 1PM IM Vojislav "voja" Milanovic LIVE Simul vs. 20 players 02/02 Thursday 6PM GM Alex Yermolinsky Every Russian Schoolboy Knows 02/03 Friday 4PM CM Tryfon Gavriel Let's Crush the Kings!...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 13

Added on 01.29.2017

Scoring the full point when you enter the last round with half a point advantage, and your pursuers are the like of Carlsen and Aronian, not to talk about the young star Wei Yi, can be hard. Psychologically you aim for a draw, hoping that the chasers won't be able to win their super-decisive games. Of course, this is how it should be, unless your opponent decides to throw away his game in a way that, frankly, is almost unbelievable. Today Nepomniachtchi was lost after 9 moves. Now, a bad day...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 12

Added on 01.28.2017

Two decisive games today, one of which gave us yet again a glimpse of Magnus Carlsen's prowess when it comes to getting a win out of an apparently sterile position. It's amazing to see the World Champion patiently strangle his victim, playing so precisely and efficiently.  Eljanov tried to resist, but to no avail. When Magnus Carlsen smells the blood, there is nobody who can resist. Magnus, after the game, said: "I am surprised in am still in after playing soo poorly". Of course, we'd like to...Full Story

Battle of the Youtubers!

Added on 01.28.2017

On January the 29th, at 3 pm EST - 21:00 CET, two well-known YouTubers and chess players will participate in a Blitz Challenge, broadcasted LIVE on ICCTV!             Christof                                             Tryfon IM Christof Sielecki and CM Tryfon Gavriel will battle over the board. The match will be played over 10 games, of which 5 games with time control 5 0 and 5 games with time control 3 0. In the case of a tie, the players will play an Armageddon game, to decide who's the...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 11

Added on 01.27.2017

This tweet, in a way, recaps today's round: Wei Yi is the hero of the day. In the only decisive game in Round 11, the young Chinese GM defeated Sergey Karjakin. Karjakin admitted that he blundered, but this doesn't diminish Yi's great performance. Wei Yi has gained 21.5 rating points so far, scoring an amazing 2852 performance. Now Ewy Yi is only half a point behind Wesley so, and tomorrow they play each other, in what could well be the decisive game of the whole event.   your web browser...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 10

Added on 01.25.2017

Wesley So extended his leadership by winning his game, whereas his direct opponents didn't. Wesley played really well a fantastic positional game. He's definitely the more consistent and on-form player, with 4 wins and no losses; Wesley is the only undefeated player so far in the event. He leads SOlo with a full point over the pack with Carlsen, Eljanov, Wei Yi, Aronian and Karjakin. Three rounds is still a lot of chess, but Wesley seems to be playing the best game in this event and after...Full Story

So, 3 to Go

Added on 01.25.2017

After ten rounds, Wesley So seems to be the boss of this year's edition of the Tata Steel Tournament. He's definitely the more consistent and on-form player, with 4 wins and no losses; Wesley is the only undefeated player so far in the event. He leads SOlo with a full point over the pack with Carlsen, Eljanov, Wei Yi, Aronian and Karjakin. Three rounds is still a lot of chess, but Wesley seems to be playing the best game in this event and after conquering the Sinquefield Cup and the Grand Chess...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 9

Added on 01.24.2017

Magnus Carlsen bounced back immediately, as it was to be expected. He made his win over Van Wely look easy, in his characteristic style. A great game by the World Champion, who gave no chances to his opponent. Carlsen took double advantage from his win today, as the rest of the games were draws. Now Magnus is back in second place - shared with Wey Yi and Eljanov - only half a point behind the leader, Wesley So. your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 8

Added on 01.22.2017

26.e4! will stay in Carlsen's mind for a while, after today. that was the move that marked the game that the World Champion lost with Rapport. Carlsen losing a game makes the news immediately. Last year he lost only 3 games. Yesterday we said that missing mate in 3 against Giri could have dented a mark in Carlsen's confidence. We were wrong. Today Carlsen started like a raging bull, wanting to win so badly, most probably to remove that bad taste the previous round's game had certainly left in...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 7

Added on 01.21.2017

Like a famous English singer used to say: It's kind of magic. Giri can't be beaten, apparently. Today he played the Supreme Grinder and everything was going Carlsen's way, with the World Champion building his advantage slowly but steadily. Giri's hopes were all in an advanced pawn, supported by a rook. But the games was objectively lost for the Dutch talent. At move 56 all the engines - and the kibitzers - started to scream: mate in 23! Magnus wins again! But Magnus is human, after all. And he...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 6

Added on 01.20.2017

Magnus and Levon today played a liquidation game, quite uneventful. It was natural to think that today the tournament leader Wesley So would have had a good opportunity to win another game, and consolidate his leadership, facing the lowest rated player of the event, GM  Adhiban. But things didn't go exactly as Wesley had probably planned and after a questionable opening choice So found himself down a pawn without much compensation. Adhiban missed a couple of chances to get a larger advantage;...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 5

Added on 01.19.2017

An interesting round, with four decisive games, led to a change at the top of the standings. Wesley So is now the sole leader, with 4 points. Wesley won convincingly against the strong Indian GM Pentala Harikrishna. your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard Eljanov lost vs. Aronian, who showed his best chess to outplay the strong Ukrainian GM. your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 4

Added on 01.17.2017

Giri played a good game, and was close to scoring his first win in the Tata 2017. But Andreikin defended effectively and the game ended in a draw. An interesting draw. Many of the online people are complaining a bit about Giri's "habit" to draw games, but let's be objective: Anish plays strong, solid chess; it's almost impossible to beat him, and it's not like he's not trying to win! your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard Van Wely played...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 3

Added on 01.16.2017

Andreikin today succeeded in holding the Supreme Grinder to a draw, and that's already something to be happy with. Magnus could not find a way to break Andreikin's solid game, and went for a repetition of moves at move 24. So vs. Rapport was an incredible game. Richard played a very nice game, equalizing with black after the opening. Then he was able to build up a strong attack, with the rooks well coordinated, ready to strike on the kingside to make the Monarch's life miserable. The engines...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 2

Added on 01.15.2017

The Supreme Grinder strikes again. Following Carlsen's game today, with the help of a chess engine, has been fascinating. At move 25 the engine was stuck at 0.00, a very flat evaluation that led the kibitzers to think it was just another draw. then, slowly but at an implacable pace, the Norwegian Grinding Machine started pushing. The precision of the World champion was simply stunning, and by move 40 Carlsen had a winning position on the board. Wojtaszek resigned at move 44, facing the...Full Story

Tata Steel Masters 2017 - Round 1

Added on 01.14.2017

GM Pavel Eljanov   The chess superheroes approached the 2017 Tata Steel Master tournament cautiously: Carlsen, So, Karjakin, Giri, and Aronian all drew in round 1. Eljanov, who is one of the strongest "outsiders", won his game with Rapport, and after the opening round leads solo. Pavel showed a good technical command in the game, and forced Rapport to resign.   your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard The Dutch lion was able to pull off...Full Story

Tata Steel 2017

Added on 01.09.2017

The echo of an amazing 2016 still reverberates, with the World Championship Match and the final fireworks in Doha, Qatar with the World Rapid and Blitz Championships. But the chess circus never sleeps, and 2017 is going to open with the traditional super-tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. Play starts January the 14th to the 29th, at 7:30 am EST (13:30 CET, 12:30 UK). The 79th edition of the Tata Steel chess festival is one of those events that no chess aficionado wants to miss. This...Full Story

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